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The company will produce five million low-carbon cans using renewables across the value chain

Budweiser teams with EN+ Group in aim to produce its lowest carbon footprint for beer cans

The Budweiser Brewing Group has unveiled plans to trial the production of beer cans with its lowest lifecycle carbon footprint, by collaborating with key companies across the value chain including aluminium producer EN+ Group.

Asos will also ensure that at least 50% of leadership-level positions within the company a represented by women by 2030

Asos targets net-zero value chain by 2030 as part of sweeping new ESG strategy

Online fashion retailer Asos has launched a new sweeping sustainability strategy, outlining plans to deliver a net-zero value chain, embed circular design principles, increase human rights transparency and improve leadership-level diversity across the organisation, by 2030 at the latest.

If successful, the store format will be rolled out nationwide across all Morrisons 498 over the next year

Morrisons to launch six 'zero waste' stores in Scotland

Retailer Morrisons has confirmed plans to trial six "zero waste" stores in Edinburgh, which could be replicated across all its stores nationwide if successful.

The new reusable range of 88 products will include household brands such as Persil, Fever-Tree, Carex, Tetley Tea and BrewDog

Loop: Tesco launches returnable packaging system for select product ranges

Tesco has today (13 September) unveiled a new partnership with the Loop platform to enable teabags, beverages, cleaning products and other items to be purchased in reusable and returnable packaging.

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Just Eat trials reusable takeaway packaging in bid to cut plastics use

Food delivery firm Just Eat has partnered with reusable packaging service CLUBZERO to trial the approach in London.

COP26 Primer: Climate Adaptation & Resilience

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Government launches consultation on single-use plastics ban

The UK Government has on Friday (27 August) announced that it will run a consultation to outline what single-use plastic items could be banned in England over the coming years.

Britvic pledged to only sell plastic bottles made using 100% recycled content in the UK by the end of 2022

Britvic switches more brands to 100% recycled plastic bottles

Britvic has announced that its Robinsons, Lipton Ice Tea and drench brands are moving to 100% recycled plastic (rPET) for all 500ml bottles, as part of a wider commitment to move to fully recycled content in the UK by 2022.

The new scheme is based on a successful trial at 14 stores over a six-week period this summer

Dixons Carphone launches nationwide polystyrene takeback scheme

Electrical and telecommunications retailer Dixons Carphone has unveiled fresh new commitments to embrace the circular economy, including making all its own-label products packaging reusable or recyclable by 2023 and introducing a nationwide rollout of an in-store takeback scheme for polystyrene.

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Maltesers ditches black plastic liners from boxes

Mars Wrigley-owned brand Maltesers has removed the black polyethylene (PE) liner from its boxes, meaning the packaging is now recyclable.

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Samsung promises plastic-free mobile packaging by 2025

Electronics and electricals giant Samsung has pledged to remove all single-use plastics from mobile phone packaging by 2025.

The report is being used as a call to action for businesses and policymakers

Report: Just 12 businesses account for more than half of UK's packaging litter

An analysis of the litter collected during more than 600 clean-up events across the UK this year has found that packaging from businesses including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and McDonald's is the most commonly littered.

Beauty businesses of all sizes are eligible to join the coalition. Image: Beauty Kitchen

New beauty industry coalition to accelerate sector's net-zero transition

Lush, Avon and Walgreens Boots Alliance are among the founding members of a new sustainability coalition for the beauty industry, which will develop shared goals on climate action and other pressing issues.

Pictured: The in-store collection boxes at Pets at Home (left) and Wilko (right)

Pets at Home launches packaging recycling scheme as Wilko extends face mask collections

Retailer Pets at Home has introduced in-store recycling points for flexible pet food packaging at 40 stores, while Wilko has confirmed that its in-store face mask recycling points will remain in place.

Each company is progressing towards ambitious climate targets

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox unveil major renewables milestones

Mars, Diageo and Dropbox have all unveiled plans to add more renewables to their electricity mix, with Diageo planning for an onsite solar farm in Scotland.

The learnings from the Pilton Village store (pictured) will be used to inform further waste reduction initiatives

Co-op launches village-wide behaviour change study for recycling soft plastics

Co-op has launched a village-wide behaviour change study in a bid to get more than 1,000 residents of a village in Somerset to understand how soft plastics can be collected and recycled.

The supermarket introduced reusable alternatives to produce bags in 2019. Image: Lidl GB

Lidl vows to remove two billion pieces of plastic packaging by the end of 2022

After removing more than one billion pieces of plastic from UK stores, Lidl GB has set new ambitions to reduce plastic packaging further.

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P&G's Lenor to pilot 100,000 paper bottles in 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Procter & Gamble (P&G) has joined the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) collaboration and will launch its first paper pulp-based bottles in European markets next year, the firm has announced this week. 

Customers using the restaurants or Drive-Thru can pay a £1 deposit that is redeemed if they return the cup to a participating McDonald’s UK restaurant

McDonald's to trial deposit return scheme for coffee cups in Northampton

McDonald's has chosen six restaurants in Northampton to trial a £1 deposit on reusable coffee cups in a bid to cut back on waste.

Last year, Coca-Cola announced that it would roll out bottles made from 100% rPET in the Netherlands and Norway

Coca-Cola to use 100% recycled plastics for all on-the-go bottles in the UK

All small bottles produced by Coca-Cola in the UK will be made using 100% recycled plastic, in a move that will save 29,000 tonnes of virgin plastic each year.

Tasmania's 200% renewables goal and Toast Ale's B-Corp recertification: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

The supermarket is striving to halve its plastic use by 2025

Sainsbury's rolls out flexible plastic recycling scheme nationwide

Sainsbury's is set to introduce in-store recycling systems for flexible plastics packaging across all stores nationwide, following successful trials in the North East of England earlier this year.

#SustyTalk: Canon's Andy Tomkins on preventing e-waste and creating a circular economy for plastics

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Canon's sustainability engagement manager for EMEA, Andy Tomkins.

Pictured: The first Asda refill stations, in the Middleton store

Asda to add plastic-free refill stations to more UK stores

Following a successful trial in one store, Asda is adding refill stations for products including tea, cereal and pasta to four more UK locations by the end of 2021.

The trials feature Unilever’s first ‘return on the go’ system, where shoppers can purchase pre-filled reusable bottles from stores

Unilever unveils new UK refillable packaging trials

Unilever is expanding trials of refillable packaging across the UK, including its first 'return on the go' scheme, in a bid to cut back on unnecessary plastics packaging.

The business guide to net-zero carbon reporting

The past 12 months have seen thousands of businesses announce net-zero strategies in line with national targets and in response to increased stakeholder pressure. So, what exactly makes a credible net-zero strategy, and - crucially - how should businesses be measuring and reporting their climate impacts to deliver decarbonisation at scale?

Each refill 'bubble' contains 60% less plastic than a standard 1.5-litre bottle, while holding more than three times as much water 

Evian launches plastic-reducing refill device to UK market

Following a string of trials and a launch in France, water brand evian has launched a refillable home water dispenser in the UK.

All three companies are aligning targets with the Paris Agreement pathways

Kingfisher, DS Smith and Turner & Townsend unveil science-based targets

Screwfix and B&Q's parent firm Kingfisher has had carbon reduction targets consistent with the required pace to limit global warming to the 1.5C target of the Paris Agreement approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), while both packaging firm DS Smith and consultants Turner & Townsend have unveiled net-zero commitments.

Unilever wants to roll the paper-based bottles out across its European markets and is piloting the same technology for haircare bottles

Unilever introduces paper-based bottles for laundry detergent

Unilever is set to launch its first paper-based bottles for laundry detergent in Brazil next year, with an ambition in place to introduce the packaging across Europe thereafter.

AB InBev is aiming to reduce value chain emissions by 25% by 2025

AB InBev cuts emissions through new lightweight beer bottle design

The world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), has unveiled new lightweight beer bottles that have a reduced carbon footprint of 17% compared to its other bottle types, with plans in place to roll them out across Europe.

Mondi’s new strategy was released in January this year

Mondi inks €750m adjustable loan based on SDG performance

Packaging giant Mondi has signed a new €750m revolving multicurrency credit facility agreement (RCF) that will be adjusted based on the company's performance against its sustainability strategy that is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The company is now seeing if bio-based materials can work as the barrier inside the bottle. Image: Absolut

Absolut replaces plastics from bottle necks as part of paper-based bottle development

The Absolut Company has unveiled the latest milestone in its mission to create a fully paper-based drinks bottle, having replaced the plastic used to shape bottle necks, with a bio-based barrier.

The new tubes have been approved by RecyClass, which sets the recyclability standard for Europe

Unilever introduces fully recyclable toothpaste tubes

Unilever is introducing recyclable toothpaste tubes to its oral care brands in two of its largest markets, as part of wider plans to convert its branded toothpaste portfolio to widely recyclable packaging by 2025.

In action: Skanska's rollout of EV charging with Pod Point

Skanska is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045 and is committed to converting its fleet of company cars to electric. This "In action" guide explains how working with Pod Point on the integration of EV charge points is helping with these goals.

Unilever is looking across its brands to find what products are suitable for less, better or no plastic

Time, innovation and partnerships: How Unilever is moving away from single-use plastics

EXCLUSIVE: Unilever's chief R&D officer Richard Slater tells edie how a focus on better, less and no plastic is enabling the consumer goods giant to reduce its plastics footprint globally while improving the recyclability of packaging.

Co-op’s new initiative will remove 29.5 million bags for life, weighing around 870 tonnes of plastic

Co-op to remove plastic bags for life from all stores

Co-op will remove plastic bags for life from sale in all 2,600 stores, citing concerns that they are increasing the amount of plastic in circulation, instead choosing to offer customers 10p compostable bags.

The FDF will launch a dedicated roadmap to net-zero at COP26

UK's food and drink sector targets net-zero emissions by 2040

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which represents more than 300 companies, has today (27 April) unveiled an ambition on behalf of the sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

We round up new resource and nature commitments, as well as innovative product launches 

Shampoo bars and sustainable shoes: Rounding up the big Earth Day product announcements

A string of big-name brands, including SC Johnson and Vans, have bolstered commitments on resource use or launched products with circular economy principles to mark Earth Day 2021. Here, edie rounds up the announcements.

HP notes that focusing on the circular economy will assist with the net-zero ambition

HP targets net-zero value chain by 2040

HP has confirmed it will transform parts of its business from a transactional model to a services-based proposition, as part of a sweeping new climate strategy that will see the business's value chain reach net-zero by 2040 and embrace closed-loop materials.

If successful, the trial could be rolled out to other stores

Aldi launches packaging-free refillable trial

Aldi has today (14 April) launched its first trial of packaging-free products, with a variety of rice and pasta on offer as part of a new refillable service.

The retailer claims that removing every plastic bag from stores nationwide will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year

Morrisons to remove all plastic bags for life from UK stores

Supermarket retailer Morrisons is removing all plastic versions of its "bags for life" from stores nationwide, in favour of paper and other reusable options, in a move that will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic each year.

Oxo-degradable plastics have proven controversial for years

Government to explore ban on oxo-degradable plastics

The UK Government is considering introducing a ban on types of plastics that can breakdown naturally, following an evidence-gathering consultation into the environmental impacts of plastics and alternative materials.

Earlier this year, Etsy set science-based targets and pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2030

Etsy to offset emissions from packaging materials

Online retailer Etsy has confirmed its intention to offset all of the carbon emissions associated with its packaging, as it builds towards its net-zero emissions commitment set for 2030.

Horizon Organic is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality before going beyond that milestone by removing or preventing additional carbon emissions

Danone-owned dairy giant unveils lifetime carbon emissions for its products

Horizon Organic, the largest USDA certified organic dairy brand in the world, has publicly disclosed the summary of life cycle assessments (LCA) for its whole milk half gallons, in a bid to outline areas of improvement as it strives to become "carbon positive" by 2025.

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Mars Petcare debuts insect-based cat food and packaging with less plastic

Mars Petcare has announced plans to launch what it claims is the UK's first fully insect-based cat food, after releasing new packaging formats that contain less plastic.

Registrants can still access recordings of all three sessions.

Available to watch on-demand: edie's Circular Economy Inspiration sessions

Experts from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Ikea, Innovate UK and The Body Shop took part in The Circular Economy Inspiration Sessions - an afternoon of live, interactive presentations and discussions on Thursday 25 March.

Tesco revealed that it has reduced its emissions by 50% compared to 2015 levels, far outpacing its science-based targets to deliver a 35% reduction

Tesco unveils climate manifesto to assist net-zero target

Tesco has unveiled a new "climate manifesto", pledging to help customers eat more sustainable diets, reducing food waste from farm to fork, and ramping up its efforts to become a net-zero business by 2035.

#SustyTalk: Kao Corporation's Dave Muenz on plastic packaging innovation

edie's #SustyTalk interview series continues with an exclusive discussion with Kao Corporation's senior vice president for ESG, Dave Muenz, hosted as part of our Circular Economy Week.

The award-winning edie editorial team delivers four exclusive discussions on the circular economy

Sustainable Business Covered podcast: How can the circular economy help us get to net-zero?

The new edie podcast episode is streaming now, featuring four exclusive interviews to mark Circular Economy Week.

The Government also promised to explore the introduction of consistent recycling collections for households and businesses across England

Government launches consultations on Deposit Return Scheme and Extended Producer Responsibility

MPs have today introduced new consultations to create the largest ever overhaul to the waste and resources sector, recommending that manufacturers cover the full costs of recycling packaging waste, standardising domestic and commercial waste collection and introducing a Deposit Return Scheme for certain types of packaging in 2024.

The pandemic also highlighted that some societies are more at risk from macro-disruption, whether that be disease-based or climate-induced

Why the circular economy is primed to improve social sustainability and value chain resiliency

EXCLUSIVE: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fragility of both society and the sprawling value chains that the economy relies on. Shifting nations to a circular economy could be key in delivering a green recovery that champions sustainable income and environmental stewardship.

Circular economy principles include nature restoration, as well as minimising resource use and maximising reuse and recycling

How businesses are enhancing water stewardship using circular economy principles

To mark World Water Day 2021, edie explores how businesses regarded as leaders in corporate water stewardship have put circular economy principles into practice in supply chains and operations.

Both organisations have successfully removed plastics from a range of products

Ocado and KP Snacks detail progress on plastic phase-outs

Online retailer Ocado had launched a refresh of its own-range products that will remove more than nine million pieces of packaging while also reducing the amount of plastic used, while KP Snacks has also announced packaging reductions.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 13 - Climate Action

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report provides a detailed progress update on how businesses are transforming operations, services and supply chains to deliver Goal 13: Climate Action.

Mondelez expects to deliver a 10,000-tonne reduction in plastic use as a result of the new commitment

Mondelez and PepsiCo set new plastic pledges following non-profit discussions

Two of the world's largest users of plastics, Mondelez International and PepsiCo have agreed to set new reduction targets following intensive discussions with the As You Sow non-profit.

Pearson’s science-based targets include a goal to achieve an absolute reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 50% in the next 10 years against a 2018 baseline

Pearson targets net-zero carbon by 2030

Learning and education company Pearson has built on science-based targets set last year to commit to net-zero emissions in the next decade, as part of a new sustainable business plan published alongside an updated company strategy.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 6 - Clean Water & Sanitation

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report provides a detailed progress update on how businesses are transforming operations, services and supply chains to deliver Goal 6: Clean Water & Sanitation across the globe.

A new sourcing policy will also be introduced, which Greggs will report annually on

Greggs targets carbon neutrality and improved diversity through new sustainability pledges

Food retailer Greggs has unveiled a new set of sustainability commitments that will see it become a carbon-neutral business, use 100% renewable energy, reduce packaging waste by a quarter and improve workforce diversity.

Nestle on regenerative agriculture and the climate crisis

Andy Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, writes on the importance of Nestlé's focus on climate change including regenerative agriculture and protection of water.

More than 215 billion pieces of flexible plastic packaging are put on the UK market every year, a recent study concluded 

Sainsbury's rolls out flexible plastic take-back and recycling scheme

Sainsbury's has begun collecting hard-to-recycle flexible plastic film at 63 of its stores and will use the material to trial an innovative new recycling process.

Image: The Coca-Cola Company

Coca-Cola to trial 2,000 paper-based drinks bottles in Europe

The Coca-Cola Company - one of the biggest plastic producers in the food and beverage space - has confirmed plans to trial 2,000 paper-based bottles this year, to test the material's viability as an alternative to single-use plastics.

The circular economy is a key pillar of the company’s sustainability strategy and will also assist with efforts to reduce emissions

Absolut hits recycled materials target four years early

The Absolut Company has met a target to use 50% recycled material in its glass bottles four years ahead of schedule.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2021: Meet the Winners

This special report provides in-depth profiles of all of the winners of edie's 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, along with exclusive comments from our judges and summaries of all 189 finalists across 24 categories.

Pictured: edie content director Luke Nicholls (right) and compere Julia Bradbury (left) present Barry Callebaut with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet Business of the Year, Barry Callebaut

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards taking place on Wednesday (3 February), this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Business of the Year award, Barry Callebaut.

Pictured: Paper production equipment at a facility in Sweden. Image: Mondi Group

Packaging giant Mondi targets 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable products by 2025

As part of a new sustainability strategy which it claims is aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the world's biggest packaging and paper companies has pledged to phase-out products that can't be recycled, reused or composted.

Pictured: Solar panels on an Ikea store in Sydney, Australia 

Ikea surpasses renewable energy generation milestone after installing 920,000 solar panels

Ikea's parent company Ingka Group generated more renewable energy that it consumed last year, marking a milestone on its vision to become a "planet-positive" business.

Plans are also in place for the packaging to be rolled out across other brands next year

Nestlé reduces plastic from cereal packaging and rolls out paper Smarties packs worldwide

Well-known cereal brands including Cheerios, Shreddies and Shredded Wheat are set to reduce the amount of plastic used in packaging by more than 600 tonnes annually, while Nestlé's Smarties brand is also switching to recyclable paper packaging worldwide.

Pictured: Compere Julia Bradbury (right) and edie's Sarah George (left) present SIG with the award

What makes a sustainability leader? Meet reporting & communications champions SIG

With less than two weeks until the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards, this feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of the Sustainability Reporting & Communications award, SIG.

A UK-wide roll-out will commence this Autumn

Heinz removes plastics from canned product packaging

Heinz is replacing plastic shrink-wrap packaging across its multipack canned products for sustainably certified paperboard, a move which will reduce the company's plastics footprint by 550 tonnes.

According to Tennent’s, the new equipment will remove 150 tonnes of plastic from Tennent’s Lager can packs by 2022

Tennent's invests £7m to remove plastic packaging from beer cans

Scottish brewer Tennent's is investing £7m into new packaging technology at its Glasgow-based brewery which will remove more than 100 million plastic rings from its lager can packs by 2022.

Five ways to ignite behavior change on energy use

This report showcases the output of edie's SPARK! event, where expert energy professionals from a range of sectors shared experiences driving engagement to change behaviours around energy use.

The bottle launch aligns with the broader sustainability strategies of Pernod Ricard, which has moved forward a target to eliminate single-use plastics from point of sales by 2021

Beefeater removes plastic from new bottle range

Beefeater has launched a new 100% recyclable bottle, featuring paper labels and an aluminium cap that will be rolled out globally across its range of gins this month.

The Plastics Recovery Insight and Steering Model (PRISM) will act as a single data collection point for corporates and NGOs to access data that will inform waste management decisions

IBM to launch new data platform to map plastics waste

IBM has partnered with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) on a new data platform to help track plastic waste and recovery globally.

No information has been released as to what the revamped Plan A will include, but M&S did commit to net-zero emissions in 2020

M&S to relaunch Plan A sustainability strategy

M&S is planning to relaunch its industry-leading Plan A sustainability programme in 2021 to reflect on the changing environmental and social needs globally, with a new ESG Board Sub-Committee to be set up to scrutinise the strategy.

Pact members range from manufacturers and brands to retailers and waste management firms

WRAP: UK's biggest businesses have cut unnecessary plastic packaging by 40%

Businesses signed up to WRAP's UK Plastics Pact, which is supported by the likes of Unilever, Nestle and PepsiCo, collectively produced 40% fewer non-recyclable and unnecessary pieces of plastic packaging this year than in 2018.

Shoppers will be offered plastic bags for no charge, or they can choose to bring their own containers. Image: M&S

M&S expands plastic-free refill offering as UK lockdown lifts

Marks and Spencer (M&S) has launched its packaging-free refill offering for dried, ambient and frozen foods in a third store due to growing customer demand.

The company spent 18 months evaluating more than 60 formulas to find a solution with a low environmental impact

Garnier launches shampoo bars with reduced environmental impact

L'Oreal brand Garnier is launching a new range of shampoo bars, packaged in 100% recyclable materials, that offer a 25% reduction in environmental impact compared to liquid shampoos.

Podback is discussing kerbside collection for the pods with Exeter City Council, Cheltenham Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council

Podback: Coffee brands join forces on UK pod recycling scheme

Brands such as Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto and Tassimo have launched a new recycling initiative that aims to get the coffee sector collaborating on a simplistic way to enable consumers to recycle coffee pods in the UK.

Absolut’s scope 1 and 2 emissions for the last financial year were 847 tonnes of CO2e

Absolut Company to go fossil-fuel-free by 2025

The Absolut Company has announced that all production of its Vodka products will be fossil-fuel-free by 2025, as part of a wider ambition to become carbon-neutral by 2030 without relying on offset use.

Big businesses are opting for paper-based or lightweight packaging over reusables, the report reveals

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Refillable packaging still accounts for just 2% of the market

Despite a swathe of successful pilot projects for plastic-free, refillable products, just 2% of the products sold by the world's biggest consumer goods firms this year came in reusable packaging.

Plastic promises and the crisis of corporate accountability

The top 10 plastic polluters that we analysed have a joint plastic footprint of almost 10 million tonnes a year - the equivalent of 30-times the weight of the Empire State Building. Last week we sent them open letters asking them to publicly support legislation and finally take meaningful action to tackle the plastic crisis they are complicit in creating.

The bottles will be available to customers by 2024. Image: L'Oreal

L'Oreal unveils 'world's first' plastic bottles made from captured carbon

L'Oreal has created a prototype shampoo bottle from 'recycled' captured carbon, mitigating the need for virgin fossil-based plastics.

Unilever is aiming to use at least 25% PCR by 2025 and expects to double the amount it uses over the next 12 months

Unilever expects to double use of recycled plastics in next 12 months

Unilever has confirmed that 10% of its plastic footprint now consists of post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR), as the company pushes ahead to meet a target of halving the use of virgin plastic.

The initiative was meant to launch in March but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic

Hubbub and Coca-Cola launch on-street recycling scheme in Dublin

Environmental charity Hubbub and the Coca-Cola Foundation have launched a new on-street recycling initiative in Dublin, to increase public awareness and use of recycling infrastructure.

Products from small, independent businesses will be listed, as well as products from corporate giants like Unilever 

‘Climate Pledge Friendly’: Amazon opens virtual aisle for more sustainable products

Amazon has become the latest retailer to signpost more sustainable products, launching a 'Climate Pledge Friendly' filter for shoppers in Europe.

The recycling scheme started in the US and has been successful so far

HP extends cartridge recycling scheme to 68 countries

Printing and technology giant HP has extended its recycling scheme to 68 countries and territories after collecting more than 875,000 used printer ink cartridges.

Retailers and manufacturers are having to adapt to changing rules and consumption patterns

Action on plastics: Has Covid-19 stopped the refill revolution?

Many retailers and brands backtracked on plastic-free refill pledges in a bid to stop Covid-19 from spreading earlier this year. But are we really headed back towards single-use in the long term, or will there be a different "new normal" for packaging?

Pictured: The new packaging for coffee and Whopper burgers

Burger King teams up with TerraCycle for reusable packaging pilot

Burger King will bring reusable coffee cups, soft drinks cups and burger boxes to restaurants in the US and Japan early next year as part of a partnership with TerraCycle.

In May, Morrisons increased its target to reduce own-brand plastic packaging from 25% to 50% by 2025

Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis remove glitter from Christmas items

Three retailers, Morrisons, Waitrose and John Lewis, have met commitments to phase-out glitter from Christmas products due to the damage the microplastics can cause to the natural environment.

SDG Spotlight: How Businesses Can Achieve Goal 9; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

edie's latest SDG Spotlight report, produced in association with UK Power Networks Services, looks at how businesses can transform operations, services, supply chains and strategies to help deliver Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.

Gudrun Cartwright, environment director, Business
in the Community (second right) and compere
Julia Bradbury (furthest at right) present the Given team with their award

What makes a sustainability leader? A look at award-winning consultancy, Given London

With the 2021 Sustainability Leaders Awards entry deadline approaching, this new feature series showcases the achievements of the 2020 winners and reveals their secrets to success. Up next: The winners of our Consultancy of the Year, Given London.

The three companies are inviting other food brands to become sponsors of the initiative. Image: Ella's Kitchen

Danone, Ella's Kitchen and TerraCycle launch UK-wide recycling scheme for food pouches

Baby food brand Ella's Kitchen will partner with Danone Yoghurt and TerraCycle to launch a UK recycling programme for flexible food pouch packaging, in a bid to reduce the volume of material being sent to landfill.

Boots’ recycling partner ReWorked will collect the items to be refashioned into new products

Boots launches takeback scheme for hard-to-recycle products

Boots has become the latest retailer to launch an in-store take-back scheme for hard-to-recycle packaging and products, offering customers £5 worth of loyalty points for every five products deposited.

Iceland has today published its own plastic footprint, which totals 32,000 tonnes across its UK and international operations

Iceland joins campaigners to call for better corporate reporting on plastics

Retailer Iceland had today (16 September) joined forces with Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, A Plastic Planet and Surfers Against Sewage in calling for corporates to better disclose their plastics consumption.

Pictured: The paper alternatives to single-use plastic bags for bricks. Image: Lego Group

Lego unveils $400m investment to drive low-carbon transition and single-use plastic phase-out

Toymaker Lego Group has unveiled a swathe of new sustainability commitments around plastics, waste, emissions and the circular economy, backed up with a $400m (£310m) investment package.

Unilever has pledged to transition to more sustainable sources of carbon, in line with its 2039 net-zero commitment

Unilever's Persil switches to bio-based formula and recycled plastic bottles

Unilever-owned cleaning brand Persil has launched a new liquid formulation made from plant-based stain removers and biodegradable ingredients that will be packaged in fully recyclable bottles made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Over the past seven days at least, it seems the businesses are refocusing on plans to reduce single-use plastics that took up much of corporate CSR efforts between 2018 and 2020

Flurry of corporate plastic announcements hints at a new normal for the circular economy

In what has been a bumper week for news stories on single-use plastics, edie explores how corporates are forging ahead with new collection and take-back schemes for recyclable packaging that had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

L’Oreal confirmed that it will source 100% of the plastics used in its packaging from recycling or bio-based sources by 2030

L'Oréal launches bottles made from 100% recycled plastic and rolls out Maybelline recycling scheme

L'Oreal has confirmed that bottles of Paris Elvive will be made from 100% recycled plastic, on the same day that its Maybelline brand launched a UK recycling programme in partnership with TerraCycle.


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